Date & Time: Apr 30, 2009 at 2325 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Krasnoyarsk - Lensk - Yakutsk
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The crew was completing a positioning flight from Krasnoyarsk to Yakutsk with an intermediate stop in Lensk. The intended destination was in fact Prokovsk located about 70 km southwest of Yakutsk but the airfield was not suitable for night movements. On approach to Yakutsk-Magan Airport, the crew continued to Prokovsk where several cars were parked along the runway with their lights ON. Due to low visibility caused by night and snow falls, the crew was unable to establish a visual contact with the ground and two approaches were missed. During a third attempt to land, the aircraft collided with pine trees and power cables and crashed in an open field, bursting into flames. All three occupants were killed.
The decision of the crew to land on an airfield that was not equipped for night movements.